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Strachan claims hat-trick

Prince Edward County's Malcolm Strachan closed out the 2006 season with a pole position and three race wins. The 2006 Celebration of Motorsport event at Mosport International Raceway saw a large field of GT Sports Cars once again, with the usual mix of Porsches, Vipers, Vettes and BMWs.

Strachan showed his intentions from the first laps, with a qualifying lap of 1:24.6, more that a second quicker than Ahmad Khodkar in position two. The first race on Saturday afternoon saw everyone on slick tires and a dry track after several rain showers. Strachan took the green flag and disappeared, leaving Khodkar and Nick Majors' Viper to battle for a distant second place. The Mobil 1 Corvette crossed the finish line with 20 seconds in hand with Khodkar second and Majors third followed by Boekdrukker's BMW.

Sunday morning's race started in a similar fashion, with Strachan's freshly rebuilt engine and a new aerodynamic package proving its worth. However, Strachan was not able to coast to an easy finish as his tires started to degrade in the latter half of the race, allowing Khodkar to make up some ground.

The final race was somewhat more dramatic, as a water pump leak was discovered on the Corvette, leaving some doubt as to whether Strachan could go the distance without overheating. 'Run every lap like it was qualifying' were Strachan's instructions, so as to build up a large lead in case troubles required him to slow down toward the end of the race. Strachan again left no doubt he was quickest pulling out 30 seconds on Khodkar, whose race car cried 'enough' with three laps to go and retired. Nick Majors inherited second place with Khodkar's demise and trailed Strachan to the checkered flag by 45 seconds. The corvette did not overheat and Strachan wrapped up his season with the Quebec Championship and eleven race victories in Quebec and Ontario.

In six seasons, Strachan has been runner-up in two series title races, and now has four championships in the record book.



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